Japan’s sports teams have a knack of applying a balm at moments when the population is otherwise occupied by darker thoughts about their country’s susceptibility to natural disasters. Eight years ago it was the women’s football team, who lifted the World Cup – unexpectedly beating the tournament favourites USA – just weeks after the country had been hit by a deadly earthquake and tsunami. That feat was achieved on European soil while most of Japan slept. But on Sunday, the tens of thousands of home fans inside Yokohama Stadium were there to live every second of the Brave Blossoms’ 28-21 triumph against Scotland. “I expected us to win, but now that we’ve actually done it I’m in shock,” said Japan fan Atsushi Moritani. “I’m full of admiration for Horie and Leitch for the way they played tonight. They showed courage, and I hope they passed some of that on to people who are struggling tonight after the typhoon.” … [Read more...] about Japan’s heroics have fans daring to dream at Rugby World Cup
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Carli Lloyd won her second World Cup with the US women’s national team this summer but it’s safe to say she did not enjoy the experience as much as her teammates. The 37-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup final but was relegated to a role off the bench this time around, and had to play as a forward rather than in her preferred position as an attacking midfielder. Lloyd appeared on ESPN’s Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy podcast this week, and said the last three years were the worst of her career, as she coped with injuries and a diminished role with the national team. “I’m not going to lie and sugarcoat it,” Lloyd said. “It was absolutely the worst time of my life. It affected my relationship with my husband, with friends. It really was rock bottom of my entire career. But somehow, you see light at the end of the tunnel, and I can honestly say I’m having more fun now playing than I ever have in my career. I think I just … [Read more...] about Carli Lloyd says she hit ‘rock bottom’ during last World Cup cycle
The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019. This year 100 Women is asking: What would the future look like if it were driven by women?From the architect planning to rebuild her destroyed city in Syria, to Nasa's project manager of the Mars helicopter, many on the list are at the cutting edge of their fields. They give us their vision of what life will look like in 2030. Others, such as the "ghost" politician defying the mafia, and the footballer battling misogyny, are using their extraordinary personal experiences to blaze a path for those who follow. The BBC's 100 women of 2019 You can filter the list using the categories below Precious Adams US Ballet dancer preciousagram Precious Adams spent so much time dancing round the living room at the age of eight, that her mum signed her up for dance lessons. By the age of 16, she had won places at three of the world's most prestigious ballet schools, including the … [Read more...] about BBC 100 Women 2019: Who is on the list this year?
Top story: ‘Drastically increased’ penalties for crime Good morning and welcome to this Monday briefing with Alison Rourke. Violent criminals and sexual offenders will face drastically harsher penalties to be laid out in the Queen’s speech this morning, as the government sets out its legislative agenda. Law and order will top the bill, including “drastically increased” penalties for foreign nationals who breach deportation orders. No 10 hopes it will wrestle the spotlight from this week’s delicate Brexit negotiations and set the stage for a general election that few in Westminster think will be long in coming. But it’s hard to see how any speech, from the Queen or not, will divert from this week’s political drama, with some EU capitals concluding over the weekend that it may now be impossible for the UK to leave the EU by 31 October with a deal. The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, told diplomats last night that Boris … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: Johnson sets out election stall in Queen’s speech
It seemed like a fairly innocuous question – complimentary even. Carli Lloyd had been in such good form recently as the Women’s World Cup approaches, scoring five goals in her previous three games, that the reporter had to ask: what’s changed? But Lloyd disagreed with the premise of the question. “I’ve been in form for the last couple of years,” she answered flatly. “I’m banging in more goals now – you start to peak as you get closer and there’s a certain strategy that goes into my training. I wasn’t just a bad soccer player two or three years ago and turned into a great one overnight. I’ve been in form.” Lloyd has been here before. “Here” meaning the Women’s World Cup – she is about to compete in her fourth. “Here” meaning people misunderstanding her, whether it’s the media or her own coaches. Here is where Lloyd thrives. For casual observers of the US women’s … [Read more...] about Carli Lloyd faces the end armed with her most valuable weapon: anger